Psalm 1: 4 -6
Evangelist Marcelle V. Sampson
V. 4, “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.” V.5, “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” V.6 “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
In verse 1 we saw that the author mentioned the:The Sinners, The scornful, and counsel of the ungodly. He refers to the ungodly again, stating that they “are not so”. The ungodly are the unjust individuals; the Psalter informs readers that the unjust person, which are the ones who doesn’t know nor reverence God, are not like the righteous man. Because they are not like the righteous man they will be planted by the “river of water”, and receive that continual bless for God. Once again he’s dealing with the character of the individuals, you can see how much the author is stressing the fact that one’s moral qualities and good name stands above all.
The author was distinctive in what the life of the righteous and the life of the ungodly will entail. The righteous will have Prosperity, and the ungodly will have Failure. He is giving the clear understanding that it is the ungodly that walks in the counsel of the wicked. The Psalter informs individuals that the ungodly are not blessed. This indicated that the Wicked: are not planted by the water, they are not blessed from God, (Meaning that their blessing comes from the one they serve, the devil). One can hear the heart of the Psalter as he declares that there is no good in being wicked, but when you remain righteous you will receive the blessing.
“but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.” Most commentaries speak of the wicked as a decaying tree, a barren tree, a dead tree, a tree that has no growth, nor fruit. What a comparison the author makes for the wicked individual. Comparing them to “caff,” Interesting enough the word Caff has no meaning, but it is suggested to be, something with no root, no moisture, no greenness, no fruitfulness, something restless, they are destitute of everything that good.
Even though it may seem like the wicked and the ungodly may be prospering, the author encouraged reading that the Lord will position it that they cannot increase nor stand in the company of the righteous man.
“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”The word “Therefore” is meant to be consequence of that; as a result; letting readers know that because the ungodly are like caff, they will not be able to stand with the righteous man; a strong statement from the Psalter that it pays to be righteous and to keep the laws of the Lord.He also paint a picture that the ungodly (which are like caff), are weak, feeble this will prevent them from standing in the presence of the righteous. You can relate to this, if you’ve been promoted to higher position or have been chosen out of a group of individuals that may seem more qualified or equipped, but it’s your righteousness that placed you there. And the feebleness of the ungodly couldn’t stand in the realm of a blessed man.
“In Judgment” The Psalter begins to speak prophetically, with this statement. One can assume that this is a reference to the last day, when judgment will be casting. Heb. 10:30 states, “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.” When they stand in Judgment they will be like the caff that was chased away with the wind. These are the one that was spoken of in Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
It also makes reference that they (ungodly) Character would not be able to stand next to the righteous. They would not share in the same places with the righteous, specifically where ones character is determined. *Again the author takes us back to the Character of the individual. What is Character? It is the moral or ethical quality, qualities of honesty, courage, repetition.
Not only will the ungodly not be able to stand in judgments neither will the sinners. Once again, the Sinners are the ones that missed the mark, the ones that pass over the prohibited limits, and the ones who transgress God’s laws.This is the one that’s full of evil. The different between the ungodly and the sinner is that the ungodly is without God, but is not desperately wicked, while the sinner is wicked.
The Psalter declares that the sinner will not be in the congregation of the righteous. The congregation is also making reference to the end time, where the righteous will be assembling to receive their reward from the Lord, and the sinner will have no place there.It is within the congregation that the righteous man will be. Make a special note, that those that are righteous find themselves in the House of God. This is important tool, because it seems like in these times, many are saying, “I don’t need to be in Church to serve God,” “My church is on the television,” “I am my Church.” This is not so because the word congregation represents:The house of God, Place of worshipwhere the blessing flows. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” This was not a suggestion but a command.
Finally, because of one’s righteousness the Psalter declares that,“the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” The NIV says, “For the LORD watches over”, the writer is declaring the omnipotence (power) - Omniscient (all knowing) of the Lord. Because the righteous have delighted in His Laws and have kept a godly character, he has been approved by the Lord, and God hands have been carrying and leading him. “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,” God sees the faithfulness, a great encouragement to those that have been faithful and kept God righteousness but it seems like you are stuck and God is not present in the situation, but the Psalter reassure, that God sees your ways, and He’s always watching over the righteous, even in the dark times. Because you have kept pressing, Roman 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” This is contrary to the sinners, scornful and ungodly, they will be shunned.
The word “way” indicates that God know every being about the individual, their though, action, subconscious, their whole being. God Know. “but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Because of the way that they live their lives, there will be judgment, and not only will the unrighteous perish but his, “way”(s) will also.
Interesting to know how the writer of this chapter starts and ends it. He starting out by telling you how you can be bless and ended but telling why you are blessed. You are blessed because you stayed away for these things (sinners, ungodly, scornful) and stayed blessed because you stayed in the right path. Therefore, what are the requirements of a blessed man? It is to stay away from the wicked, ungodly, & Scornful, and to keep a godly character by Delight in the laws of the Lord, and meditate on them.